Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that his company would be donating a total of 720,000 masks to health-care workers who are on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak. He said that Facebook had purchased these masks during the Australian wildfires.
“Health workers urgently need more protective gear. To help, Facebook donated our emergency reserve of 720,000 masks that we had bought in case the wildfires continued,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
“We’re also working on sourcing millions of more to donate. I hope you’re all staying healthy and safe,” he added.
Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged to donate millions of masks to healthcare professionals in the US.
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Similarly, Alibaba founder Jack Ma too has pledged to donate emergency medical supplies including 1.8 million masks, 210,000 test kits, 36,000 protective suits, ventilators and thermometers to 10 Asian countries including Afganistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.